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Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum boasts more than 28,000 Western and American Indian artworks and artifacts in its collection. The museum, which was founded in 1955, hosts several galleries dedicated to everything from Native American culture to...
Back in early June, the NEA partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health on a two-day symposium called Sound Health: Music and the Mind . True to its title, the gathering brought together researchers and therapists, artists and musicians,...
Crazy for cars? Can't get enough of miniature engines? Is "explore outer space" on your bucket list? Here's a round-up of museums in the Golden State for enthusiasts of all stripes and all ages, whether bunny rabbits make your heart go hippity hop (sorry, couldn't resist!) or you and your family...
Known as the Valley Highway, the Pueblo Freeway, and the JFK Memorial depending on where you are in the state, Colorado’s I-25 runs north to south through the centennial state. Not only will I-25 get you from one end of the state to the other, but running through Pueblo, Colorado City, Trinidad,...
Planning a trip to a museum this summer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to sacrifice a sunny day outside. Enjoy sunshine, blue skies, and being surrounded by natural beauty while visiting some of these Blue Star Museums that offer an opportunity to experience nature and art, together. From...
Viewers of the 2017 National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., observed a unique performance when Captain Luis Avila sang “God Bless America” with singer Renee Fleming . This may not seem extraordinary—unless you know what Captain Avila looks like. Wheelchair-bound, he had difficulty...
One of the programs that keeps us particularly busy at the National Endowment for the Arts is Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network . This is our partnership with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care...
When Kathy Roth-Douquet, the CEO of Blue Star Families, first approached the NEA about partnering on a program to show appreciation for military families, she expected that the program would take place over one weekend each summer. What she didn’t expect was that the proposed program, Blue Star...
The best way to learn about any program is to hear directly from participants. We’ve included a roundup of quotes below from people who have participated in Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network , either as a patient, therapist, administrator, or researcher. Click on the links to read...
Jill Sonke is the director of the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The center advances the field of arts in health through education, research, and outreach. It is also includes a creative arts therapy program that takes veteran’s care in new directions by...

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